Book Expo Announces Editors Buzz Line-Up

Program Credited with Finding Upcoming Best Sellers Names Finalists for Adult, Young Adult and Middle Grade Panels

Today, BookExpo announced its finalists for the prestigious Editors’ Buzz program, which names the top authors and titles expected to resonate with readers in 2017. The slate of books is divided into three Editors’ Buzz panels: 

  • The Adult Panel will be Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 1:45 PM
  • The Young Adult Panel will be Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 10:00 AM
  • The Middle Grade Panel will be Friday, June 2, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Over the past years, BookExpo’s Editors’ Buzz program has had a tremendous track record of predicting the coming year’s hottest books. Last year’s selections included breakthrough books such as: Another Day in the Death of America, by Gary Younage; Darktown, by Thomas Mullen; Caraval, by Stephanie Garber; Thieving Weasels, by Billy Taylor; Gertie’s Leap to Greatness, by Kate Beasley; and The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes, by Wade Albert White. In addition, over the past three years, the program has selected nine books that made it onto The New York Times Best Sellers list.  

“BookExpo’s Buzz program has done an amazing job selecting upcoming bestsellers and books that make a deep impact in the industry,” said Brien McDonald, Event Director for BookExpo & BookCon. “We’re thrilled with these selections and believe this year’s crop of authors and titles will become household names and appear on bestsellers list in the coming months.”

The selection process was made by three separate committees of booksellers, librarians and other industry professionals. The thoughtful debates within the selection process are designed to achieve the widest possible consensus. The Buzz Panel presentations, which feature book editors discussing the individual selections, will be supplemented with an Author Stage appearance for the chosen authors.

The full list of finalists can be found below:


Unraveling Oliver

Liz Nugent

Scout Press

Publication Date: August 22, 2017

Stay With Me

Ayobami Adebayo

Alfred A. Knopf

Publication Date: August 22, 2017

My Absolute Darling

Gabriel Tallent

Riverhead Books

Publication Date: August 29, 2017


The World of Tomorrow

Brendan Mathews

Little Brown and Company

Publication Date: September 5, 2017

The Immortalists

Chloe Benjamin


Publication Date: January 9, 2018

The Woman in the Window

A.J. Finn

William Morrow

Publication Date: January 23, 2018



Tillie Walden

First Second Books

Publication Date: September 12, 2017

Beasts Made of Night

Tochi Onyebuchi


Publication Date: September 12, 2017

All the Wind in the World

Samantha Mabry

Algonquin Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: October 10, 2017

The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives

Dashka Slater

Farrar Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: October 17, 2017

Dear Martin

Nic Stone

Crown Books For Young Readers

Publication Date: October 17, 2017


Auma’s Long Run

Eucabeth Odhiambo

Carolrhoda Books, a division of Lerner Publishing Group

Publication Date: September 1, 2017

The Witch Boy

Molly Ostertag


Publication Date: September 1, 2017

Greetings From Witness Protection!

Jake Burt

Feiwel & Friends

Publication Date: October 3, 2017

The Stars Beneath Our Feet

David Barclay Moore

Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: October 24, 2017

The Unicorn Quest: The Whisper in the Stone

Kamilla Benko

Bloomsbury Children’s Books

Publication Date: January 30, 2018


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 About BookExpo

BookExpo is North America’s largest gathering of book trade professionals attracting an audience from around the globe. The event is designed to lead the global publishing industry to its consumer driven future and celebrate storytelling in all its forms. It’s the place where industry, authors and readers converge to define the direction of the publishing industry for years to come. BookExpo provides a focused professional environment to discover emerging authors and the next blockbuster titles, engage with the world’s most influential publishers and learn from industry leaders and peers. BookExpo is organized with the support of association partners including the Association of American Publishers (AAP), the American Booksellers Association (ABA) and the Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR).


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ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture world. ReedPOP is dedicated to celebrations of popular culture throughout the globe that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) West, East, South, Unplugged and Australia, Emerald City Comicon (ECCC), BookCon, Oz Comic-Con, Comic Con India, Paris Comic Con, Star WarsCelebration, Star Trek: Mission New York, TwitchCon, ComplexCon and more. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan-based group of professionals uniquely qualified to serve those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, India and Australia. (


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